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Regulators vs. Associations

Kinesiology became a regulated health profession in 2013 and the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (CKO) became the regulatory body for the profession. Before 2013, the Ontario Kinesiology Association (OKA) certified kinesiologists. Once the College came into existence, OKA became a professional association, with a mandate to represent the interests of its members.

Regulators and professional associations have very different roles, both of which are required for the development of a profession. These differences are not always understood and can lead to misplaced expectations. See below to learn more about the differences between regulators and associations.

CKOAssociations
PurposeCreated by the Ontario Government to regulate the profession of kinesiology in the public interest. To advocate for and advance the interests of their members and the profession of kinesiology
How it’s runBy a Council, similar to a board of directors, that is accountable to the Ontario Government
By a board of directors elected by the members that is accountable to members of the association
MembershipMandatory for individuals wishing to work as a kinesiologist in Ontario
Voluntary
Roles– Sets requirements for entry to the profession
– Maintains a list of individuals eligible to practise kinesiology
– Develops standards and rules for practice
– Receives and investigates complaints about kinesiologists’ practice and disciplines when necessary
– Requires kinesiologists to participate in continuing professional development
– Advocates with policy makers in the interest of members
– Markets and promotes the profession of kinesiology
– Provides continuing professional development opportunities to members
– Represents members’ interests by monitoring developments that may impact scope of practice, employment opportunities and enhancing relationships with related professions